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Global Citizen has announced the 2021 edition of Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour broadcast featuring performances and events filmed across the world. The livestream will take place Saturday, September 25th, and will air on ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, and Twitter.

Artists performing at this year’s event include Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Andrea Bocelli, Angélique Kidjo, Billie Eilish, BTS, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, Davido, Demi Lovato, DJ Snake, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Femi Kuti, Green Day, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness, Keith Urban, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Lorde, Metallica, Rag’n’Bone Man, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, the Lumineers, the Weeknd, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and more to be announced.

As with last year, Global Citizen Live will bring Global Citizen’s message of defeating poverty around the world, with a particular focus on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe.

“COVID-19 has drastically reversed the progress toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals pushing upwards of 160 million people back into extreme poverty,” Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said in a statement. “There are now more than 40 million people on the brink of famine. Progress on climate change has halted, as the majority of the Fortune 500 fail to set science-based carbon reduction targets. We must rectify the damage done and hold world leaders and businesses accountable for ensuring that the entire world recovers from this pandemic together. ‘Equitable recovery’ is not an act of charity — it is the only way we can ensure a fighting chance at achieving a sustainable world free from extreme poverty.”

Global Citizen Live is being run under the slogan Uniting the World to Defend the Planet and Defeat Poverty and is considered the organisation’s most ambitious showcase to date. The event is part of Global Citizen’s overarching Recovery Plan for the World, a 12-month global campaign launched in February to help end COVID-19 with financial support from international institutions.